Sunday, 26 April 2015

Into the Box

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

This card features the Into the Box Technique. I stamped the Creative Expressions Mini Stamp onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I decided how much of the car I wanted inside the box and placed the Spellbinders Labels 25 die in the appropriate place. I drew around the inside of the die with a pencil, avoiding the stamped image. I cut around the section of the car that was on the inside of the pencil line plus a few mm more. I seated the die back in place with the cut part of the car over the die on the non-cutting edge side. I secured with removable tape and ran through the Grand Calibur

I popped a decorative paper left over from the card in the April 13th post behind the aperure.

I stamped the sentiment that comes with the Mini using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics and inked through the die with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Tim Holtz Idea-ology piece from my stash and piercing around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

You are Bloomin' Fabulous

Hi Bloggers.

I'm down south today demoing at Emerald Crafts in Lyndhurst 10 till 4. Hope you can join me.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used Sue's Scribbled PVA Technique on Milk Card with Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Decadent Oak, Chic Pumpkin and Chic Moss. I put aside for a few hours to dry.

For the frame, I cut the largest Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die out of Milk Card. I cut the largest 2 dies from the Spellbinders Triple Floral Die Set out of Chestnut Card. I glued the 2 die cuts together using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue. I put is aside for the glue to dry for a few minutes then seated another 6 x 6 Matting Basics Die within the Triple Floral Die Cut and ran it through the Grand Calibur.

I stamped the sentiment from John Lockwood's new Tulip Elements Stamp Set using Coffee Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Triple Floral Die Set. I cut a 6 x 6 Matting Basics Die out of Chestnut Card.

I tied a bow using Creative Exprssions Antique White Satin Ribbon. I made a flower using Spellbinders Flower Play Die Set, added CS Dries Clear Glue and some CS Iced Snow Glitter Jewels.

I made a couple of Decorative Stick Pins using Creative Expressions Stick Pin Elements and Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sending You Warm Thoughts

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

An actual proper card today! I've only used 1 die set with a variation on the Fire and Ice Technique.

I made a card blank using the largest die in Sue's Classic Adorned Noble Rectangles Die Set. I folded a piece of A4 Card in Coconut White in half. I placed the die with one of the long cutting edges just outside of the fold of the card and ran it through the Grand Calibur. This created by shaped card blank.

I used the largest 3 dies in the set to create my frame. I ran them through the Calibur with the emboss sandwich first, removed the decorative die and then ran the remaining 2 dies through with the cut sandwich.

I cut the decorative die in the set out of Coconut White Card making sure it had a good sized border of card around it. I added a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet to the front of the die cut. I turned the piece over and added Decadent Teal, Decadent Grape and Decadent Bamboo Mica Powder from Phill Martin's Cosmic Shimmer Colour Collection. I brushed off as much of the excess mica powder as I could. It's important, at this stage to trap the mica powder by covering the design with another piece of card so that you don't contaminate the Glitter Jewels in the next step.

I turned over so I was working on the front and removed the other backing sheet from the adhesive. I added Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow Glitter Jewels. I added the frame using 3d Foam and popped the whole lot onto my card blank.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Delightful Sentiments Stamp Set using Cobalt Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the set and cut a mat using the next sized die.

An easy peasy very effective card!

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Friends Like You Brighten my Life

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

I stamped the sentiment and the frame from John Lockwood's new Cherry Blossom Elements Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Magenta Hue Archival. I cut it out using Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics.

I stamped some of the single blossom stamps onto a separate piece of card. I cut them out, shaped them and added them to the previously stamped frame.

I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders Triple Floral Die Set. At the emboss stage I added the next size die down to get the faux pierced look. I cut the largest die in the Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die Set out of Coconut White Card. I went around the edges with the Magenta Hue Archival and added a White 8mm Pearl to each corner.

I tied a bow using Antique White Satin Ribbon and added a Crystal Sparkler to the centre.

I made a couple of Decorative Stick Pins using Creative Expressions Stick Pin Elements and Glossy Accents. Once dry, I added them to the back of my bow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Enjoy

Hi Bloggers.

Sue Wilson amd John Lockwood are continuing with their Pick of the Day Shows today on Ideal World and Create & Craft - please check the schedules for show times.

Here's today's card -

I finally managed to get hold of some Foundations Lilac Card - yay!

For the background, I did a fine weave using Lilac and Coconut White Card and Sue's Striped Weaving Die. Those of you who are booked onto my workshop in Milton Keynes on 16th May will learn how to do this. It is quite time consuming, but the finished result is well worth the effort.

I made a frame using Sue's Ornate Pierced Rectangles Die Set.

I cut Sue's Enjoy Expressions Die out of Lilac Card.

I cut the border from Sue's Greek Collection Corner, Border & Tag Die Set out of Coconut White Card, cut it in half and added it to the frame.

I made a flower using Sue's Cornflower Die Set using Lilac Card. I added a new Dazzler and some twirly bits cut using a couple of dies from Sue's Splendid Swirls Die Set.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White 8mm Pearls to the corners and piercing around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Pop Up Box

Hi Bloggers.

A simple pop up box made using the Spellbinders Scalloped Pop Up Box Die Set (pictorial instructions included in the pack), Spellbinders Marisa's Bouquet Die Set, Spellbinders Bordered Sentiments Die Set, Coconut White Card, Teal Card, Rich Green Card, Creative Expressions Teresa Collins 8 x 8 Paper Pad and some White Pearls. Easy Peasy!


Sue Wilson and John Lockwood are sharing the shows for a Pick of the Day launching at 9pm on Ideal World this evening. Please check the schedules for other show times.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Love

Hi Bloggers.

My daughter, Kathryn, has blogged some photos from Ally Pally last weekend. You can see them here. She's disappointed as it looks like the college she's selected to do her masters next year may not be running the course she wants to do so she has asked me to share the course info with as many people as I can to dry and get some more sign-ups. If you know anyone who might be interested in Aquaculture, please point them in this direction.

Here's today's card -

For the main background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design (repeating pattern) and inked around the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I rubbed Enchanted Gold Gilding Wax over the surface. I left it a few minutes to dry and then buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

For the panels, I added some Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Dawn Sparkle Texture Paste through the Daisy Chain Mask and put aside to dry. Once dry, I cut it into 3 panels, inked around the edges with Antique Linen and matted onto Milk Card.

 I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Wedding Greetings Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Sue's Saltzburg die set and inked through the die with Antique Linen. I cut the largest die in the set out of Milk Card and glued the 2 die cuts together using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.

I made a flower using White Felt from the Wedding Collection and cut a couple of leaves out of Milk Card using the Couture Creations Vintage Branch Die.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Cream Pearls to the corners and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Ivory PVA around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Winner of the Craft Clinic Bits and Pieces

Hi Bloggers.

I've drawn a winner for the collection of bits from the Craft Clinic and the winner is..........

SPARROW

Please email me at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com with your address and I'll pop them in the post to you.

All for now.

Julia

Friend is a Beautiful Word

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

I cut a frame out of Teal Card using a Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die and a Spellbinders Grand Squares Die and popped it on top of a paper from Phill Martin's Decadent Damask 8 x 8 Paper Pad.

I cut the Spellbinders Contemporary Squares Die out of Teal Card. I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Flower For Your Thoughts Stamp Set using Peacock Feathers Distess Ink and cut it out using the smaller die in the set.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Creative Expressions Tornado Blue Satin Ribbon. I made a flower out of the same paper as before from the Phill Martin Paper Pad and the Spellbinders Flower Play Die Set. I added Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue to the Petals and sprinkled Cosmic Shimmer Iced Snow Glitter Jewels over. I made a couple of Decorative Stick Pins using Creative Expressions Stick Pink Elements and Glossy Accents.

 Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Best Wishes

Hi Bloggers.

I'm demoing at Domino Crafts in Wolverhampton today 10 till 4. Please stop by if you're in the area.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I covered a paper from the Phill Martin Decadent Damask 8 x 8 Paper Pad with a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet and then added Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow Glitter Jewels.

I cut the frame from Coconut White Card using Sue Wilson Classic Adorned Rectangles Noble Die Set. I rubbed Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Oak Gilding Wax over the surface.

I cut Sue's Best Wishes Expressions Die out of Coconut White Card.

I cut a couple of leaves out of Chestnut Card using Sue's Delicate Fronds Die set and added a flower that I had previously made using Spellbinders Flower Play die set.


I assembled the card as shown adding a few 8mm Gold Dazzlers and piercing around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Always & Forever

Hi Bloggers.

Had a great day at Doodleso in Prestatyn yesterday. Lovely shop! It was so nice to wake up looking at the sea! Got home late last night so as usual this is a scheduled post as I intend to be tucked up in bed when it goes live! Just an early heads up - I'll be back at Domino Crafts in Wolverhampton tomorrow for another demo.

When I gave you the drive times yestersday, it was so that you could get some idea of how long a taxi drive it would be from the station or hotel if you come by train. I don't actually assume that everyone can drive - my daughter has to take the trains everywhere as she can't drive yet. My journey to Prestatyn would have been shorter time wise had I been able to take the train but I have to take so much stuff with me that I would struggle to get on and off the train! The M1 and the M6 are a nightmare at the moment with roadworks all over the place!

Anyway, enough of that - here's today's card :

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Grand Calibur with the Creative Expressions Heart Lattice Embossing Folder. I rounded the edges with a punch,

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Mr & Mrs Vintage Labels Four Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using Justrite Vintage Labels Four Die Set and inked though the die with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I cut the next size die in the set out of Milk Card.

I cut a bunch of the Couture Creations Vintage Branch Die out of Coconut White and Milk Card and arranged them around the sentiment.

I cut the border from Sue's Dotty 3D Bow Die Set out of Milk Card and made a bow using the same die set again out of Milk Card.

I assembled the card as shown adding some CS Ivory PVA in the corners.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.